by Britt Chester

If you missed the record fair this past Sunday at the Blind Tiger then you missed the unique opportunity to see audiophiles pacing through Valhalla. Boxes upon boxes filled with every genre of music lined the tables just so that there was barely walking room in the venue. Crates labeled “ELECTRO,” “IDM & TECHNO,” “HIP HOP,” “SOUTHERN ROCK,” “B-SIDES,” and “LIVE RECORDINGS” were filled with new and used records available for purchase, many at a steal of a price.

Some rarities could be found deep in the crates, namely the limited edition LP release of Talking Heads “Speaking Tongues” with Grammy winning cover art by Robert Rauschenberg. In the $1 bin we found an old Bill Cosby recording, which could’ve easily lined the bottom of a trashcan somewhere for better usage. We also found a late 90s Kompakt album featuring some early John Tejada, if you’re into the European styles of techno. We also walked away with “Rides Again,” the 1977 album from David Allan Coe that features “If That Ain’t Country.”

Suffice to say, we hope Hippo Records found success with this event because it needs to happen more so people can revive their collections again. Downloaded music doesn’t sound nearly as good as vinyl.


Due to some development happening in downtown Greensboro, the 29th Annual Carolina Blues Festival will be moving from Festival Park to Barber Park. The construction of the forthcoming LeBauer Park, slated for completion in May 2016, has forced the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society to look elsewhere. In doing so, festival chairman/trustee John Amberg found the amphitheater at Barber Park to house the festival, at least for now. “After a fairly intensive, well-vetted search for locations in Greensboro “¦ we are going to be at Barber Park. There is plenty of room for vendors, food trucks, sponsors and booths,” Amberg said.

Logistically, the Carolina Blues Festival will be undertaking new tasks involved with moving locations, namely the “infrastructure” required to put on an event; security fences, power, parking, and property maintenance. “One of the great things about Barber Park is that there’s lots of room for kids to throw Frisbee, or football, or families to bring blankets to watch the music,” Amberg added. He also mentioned that the tent, seen at past events, will be ready in case the weather shuts down the outdoor stage. Artists and vendors have yet to be announced, but expect to hear the first round of artists soon. The date for the festival is May 16, 2015. !